Florida Senator Defends his Support of RAWA

With his sights set on becoming a presidential candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio found himself defending his support for Sheldon Adelson's Restoration of America's Wire Act this week after it was reintroduced in the Senate.

Reporters questioned the candidate regarding his support of a bill believed to be drafted based on orders from Sheldon Adelson; however he claims that his support has nothing to do with trying to gain Adelson’s endorsement.

The Washington Post reported that Senator Rubio has "...assiduously courted the billionaire casino mogul, who spent approximately $100 million on the 2012 campaign and could spend as much or more in 2016."

In response to the question fired at him, Rubio said:

“People buy into my agenda. I don’t buy into theirs. When I run for office, I tell people where I stand … My stands are not influenced by my contributors; I hope my stands influence my contributors.”

“Vegas is Las Vegas. They have a right in Las Vegas to have any gambling they want. They have laws. They have legislators. They can vote on what they want or don’t want. In Florida, I have a long history of opposing expansion of gambling.

"When you talk about online gambling, that comes into Florida. That is potentially people, including young people, who are going to go online and gamble and lose money. I just don’t believe that’s the right approach for our country.”

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    CATLICKER

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    Don't want gambling taking money away from the illegal drug trade that provides the Florida judicial system with huge revenues.
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    What can we expect from a politician? They are always seems to care only for the elections and their public image in front of the media. The online gambling is all ready legal in almost every part of the world and the US are part of this world right? so sooner or later will be legalized in every one of the states. It's just matter of time so I could say to this senator that his cause is doomed to failure.
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    ok. so why is it whenever a candidate voices their opinion on an issue they have to include that the reason we need to agree with them is because their solution/ proposed law ' protects young people'? This is a red flag; that their position is weakly rooted at best. candidiates seem to pull out the 'my law is good because it protects people....like our children'. knowing that people will hesitate to take a stance against anything that supposedly is set in place to protect children. ridiculous.
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    He uttered the lamest statement ever. Making assumptions and trying to decide what's best for people. Didn't mention that the ones who win could spend and put it back into the economy . Spending on gambling isn't the worst thing they could spend their money on . There are a million things for people to spend their money on ...people don't need to be told what to and not to spend it on . Im left just shaking my head.
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    He said that he doesn't think young people going online gambling and losing money is not right for our country. But they already are doing it. And that is certainly no attitude to even consider gambling. I mean, 'going online gambling and losing money. I never go online thinking I am going to lose and I'm sure that attitude is not going to help the end result. Know wonder he is against it. Somebody remind me not to vote for his ass come November, next year.

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